We have launched written policy guidance on communications sent via social media, to provide clarity on when such communications will amount to criminal conduct.
The guidance is published to ensure there is absolute clarity both in terms our approach and the difference between criminal and non-criminal communications.
At Dumfries Sheriff Court today, Mohammed Shikari from Dundee, was made subject to a confiscation order for £70,000.
In 2012 he plead guilty to involvement in the supply of cannabis. Proceeds of Crime proceedings were then initiated against him and he was unable to account for £70,000. The funds recovered will be re-invested in the community by Scottish Ministers, through the CashBack for Communities programme.
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has asked the Law Officers to remain as Ministers in the Scottish Government following today’s Cabinet reshuffle.
The Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland QC and the Solicitor General, Lesley Thomson QC, are both delighted to continue in their roles.
The Lord Advocate is the ministerial head of COPFS, leading the system of criminal prosecutions and investigation of deaths, and as a Minister of the Scottish Government, acts as its principal legal adviser. The Solicitor General is his deputy and assists him in carrying out his functions.
An investigation into international money laundering by the COPFS Economic Crime Unit that spanned eight years and six countries, and which led to the conviction and imprisonment of a Denny woman, has today culminated in a confiscation order for £470,000.
This was the first meeting to be attended by all of the heads of the prosecution services for the
COPFS was pleased to welcome Stonewall Scotland and guests to the Scottish Prosecution College in Glasgow today.
The "Diversity Champions" seminar discussed the role that managers can play in supporting LGBT staff and fostering a diverse team. Our Equality Champion Ruth McQuaid opened the event, and spoke about the work done recently in COPFS to educate managers about how they can more effectively support LGBT staff.
COPFS is working with schools on new teaching materials to encourage young people to consider future careers in criminal justice.
A new Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service DVD resource has been created as a free aid to explain: the role and responsibilities; the processes and practices; and the day to day duties of Scottish prosecutors.
More than 150 drink drivers in
An average of three vehicles a week were forfeited by repeat drink and drug driving offenders; first offenders driving or attempting to drive with a high alcohol reading; and those who refused to give a sample of breath to the police without a reasonable excuse.
COPFS figures published today show a notable increase in the number of domestic abuse charges reported in 2013-14 by Police Scotland and a corresponding rise in the number of charges marked for court proceedings. The data was extracted in June 2014, and reflects the position at that date.